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Woods leads US to Presidents

THE United States won the Presidents Cup for the eighth time yesterday when Tiger Woods beat South African Richard Sterne in the concluding singles at Muirfield.

With the Americans needing a total of 18 points to retain the trophy, Woods secured the decisive point by safely parring the final hole.

The world number one, despite visibly suffering from back pain over the closing holes, came from one down after eight holes to seal a one-up victory that gave the US an unassailable 18-14 lead with two singles matches still to finish.

"It was a long week but it was worth it," Woods said. "We did it." The US needed four points from the 12 singles encounters to keep the Cup, having established a 14-8 lead earlier after dominating the final foursomes session. However, they had to work harder than expected as the Internationals mounted a fightback, winning six of the first nine matches to finish.